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JRL takes out protest rally in Lal Chowk, scores detained

JRL takes out protest rally in Lal Chowk, scores detained
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Srinagar: Police on Monday foiled the protest march carried out by Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) leaders and activists on the 35th anniversary of Muhammad Maqbool Bhat and detained scores among them at Lal Chowk.
The JRL leaders and activists were demanding return back of mortal remains of Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru who were hanged at Tihar jail on 11th February 1984 and 9th February 2013 respectively, and buried inside the jail.
Witnesses said that many women leaders and activists were also detained by police during the protest.
Earlier, leaders and activists of JRL along with people from other walks of life including women gathered near JKLF office Maisuma and marched towards Lal Chowk, the statement said, adding that “Police to foil Lal Chowk protest had sealed almost all entry and exit points with barbed wire and other barricades.”
Heavy deployment of forces and stringent restrictions were also in place but despite these oppressive measures and spree of arrests and nocturnal raids, the protest was held, a statement issued here said.
JRL leaders along with other people and activists marched towards Lal Chowk with passion. As this protest rally reached near Budshah Chowk, it was stopped by heavily armed police and forces, the statement added.
Holding photographs and placards depicting photographs of Maqbool Butt and Afzal Guru and raising slogans in favor of freedom, protesters gave a stiff resistance to police and forces.
“Police after using force arrested many JRL leaders and activists and shifted them to police station Kothi-bagh immediately,” the statement added.
Prior to their arrest, JRL leader Sheikh Abdul Rashid while talking to media and protesters said that “the hanging of foremost resistance leader Muhammad Maqbool Butt and warrior Muhammad Afzal Guru and denial of a proper burial to them by India is a worst kind of cruelty and tyranny that is exposing the tall claims of Indian democracy.”
Paying tributes to Muhammad Maqbool Butt, JRL leader said that “the illegal hanging of these two Kashmiris is actually travesty of justice done by biggest democracy of the world and refusing these martyrs a proper burial shows that Indian state is fearful of even the corpses of these martyrs.”
While condemning the ‘oppression unleashed by rulers to suppress peaceful protests on 9th and 11h February’, speakers said that “imposition of curfew and restrictions in Srinagar, Kupwara and other parts of Kashmir, nocturnal and daytime police raids against resistance leaders and activists, placing many under house arrest including Senior leader and chairman APHC(G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani and chairman APHC(M) Mirwaiz Muhammad Umar Farooq and arresting JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik has exposed the myth of Indian democracy in Jammu Kashmir.”
Speakers also condemned the arrest and house arrest of various leaders and activists including Muhammad Ashraf Sehraie, Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi, Noor Muhammad Kalwal, Muhammad Salim Nanaji, Mushtaq Ajmal, Bilal Ahmad Sideequi, Muhammad Yasin Butt, Ghulam Muhammad Dar, Bashir Ahmad Boya, Gulzar Ahmad Pahalwan, Fayaz Ahmad, Muhammad Yasin Ataie, Shakil Ahmad Butt, Imtiyaz Haider, Muhammad Yosuf Butt and others.
On the occasion a copy of the memorandum to UN secretary general was also released to media.

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